The United States Senate overwhelmingly passed a resolution denouncing Russian President Vladimir Putin as a war criminal on Tuesday, a rare display of bipartisanship in a sharply divided Congress.
The resolution, presented by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and supported by senators from both parties, urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague and other nations to investigate war crimes committed during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“All of us in this chamber united together, Democrats and Republicans alike, to declare that Vladimir Putin cannot escape accountability for the horrors done against the Ukrainian people,” Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said before of the vote in an address on the Senate floor.
Russia refers to its efforts in Ukraine as a “special military operation” to demilitarise and “denazify” the country. Putin has often referred to the nation as a US colony with a puppet administration and no history of independence.
Moscow has not taken control of any of the country’s ten main cities since its entry began on February 24, the greatest assault on a European state since 1945.